About the company
From their website:
“Liberty Skis is an independent, Colorado ski manufacturer that has made a commitment to use renewable energy and materials. They make all-terrain skis with a laminated bamboo core. The operation also runs on 100% wind power. Liberty believes that using renewable resources like bamboo in our cores and wind power for our energy needs sets a positive example for the skiing community and for manufacturing in general”.
Another smaller ski company that seems to be taking a commitment to sustainability into the core of it’s approach to business. Their key claims to greenness are the relienace on wind energy, use of renewable materials in all their skis (bamboo) and an attempt to get supply chains as green as possible through considering the overall carbon impacts of their operations.
reporting framework: how does the company benchmark what it does/ reports? Does it use one of the international accredited systems
- information on resources used – recycled materials, use of renewable materials, etc
Liberty was the first ski company to commit to 100% wind power and has been using bamboo for the last 5 years. They are still the only company to use bamboo in 100% of their skis. This is done not only as a performance enhancing feature, but one that makes sense in an industry so profoundly affected by the environment and weather.
- energy consumption & carbon dioxide emissions
The company uses 100% green energy (Wind).
- distance travelled & waste generated
“We know that ski manufacturing is not a benign process and we must still use plastic and other petrochemicals to ensure the highest quality products, but we are doing what we can to reduce our impact. We weigh all of our materials when they enter the factory and again when the finished products leave the factory to reduce waste, and use dense-pack shipping methods via highly efficient ocean shipping to reduce waste and fuel costs”
All ski packaging is reusable and recycled.
- water consumption
- working conditions
From the company:
“Liberty hand builds skis at our dedicated facility in China.
The decision to locate our factory in China was due to the fact that it is closest to our largest single component, the bamboo cores so we reduce shipping emissions and can control our materials better. We hand make our skis in a dedicated facility”.
No specific details on working conditions in the facility.
- other environmental claims or benefits
Recently Liberty was recognised by the SIA in America for its environmental efforts, check here for details.
- details on who stocks the item/ where to find it/ where to get further information
Bent Square Pty Ltd. import Liberty Skis to Australia.
Liberty skis are found at all Larry Adler stores and Slopestyle Mountain Sports, Perisher Center, Perisher Ski Resort.
There is a demo fleet that allows people to test the difference of a bamboo core located at the Slopestyle Mountain Sports Store, Perisher Valley.
For extra details on the company, please check here.